Ugh, I don’t know if my arms are sore from all those Chaturangas yesterday or from chopping last night’s butternut squash. Ouch. I must admit, I love muscle soreness after a good workout. Just knowing that I challenged my body in different ways makes me happy 🙂
Butternut Butt Breakfast – hehe.
Today’s yoga adventure…Power Yoga. This is the kind of yoga I’ve taken before – lots of Vinyasas with an emphasis on building strength. Some of the stretches felt so good, and I felt like I was in excellent yoga shape until we got to Half Moon and Warrior 3. I found myself trying not to glare at the instructor as she told us to concentrate on our breath. How can I focus on deep breathing when I keep falling over? Other than my few tumbles, I enjoyed the class and definitely got a good workout. My only complaints: poor choice of music for Savasana and the lack of smooth transitions in between poses.
So far this week, I’m doing okay with the whole yoga thing, but I’m struggling with my goal of rest…OK, so the yoga class lasts an hour…If I get to the gym early, I can warm up on the treadmill for a few minutes before class. Well, my warm-up turned into 25 minutes of intense hills and sprints. That was yesterday. Today, it was 12 minutes on the StepMill before 60 minutes of Power Yoga followed by a 40 minute power walk home. The yoga classes were perfectly good workouts on their own. Why I have to work up a sweat before class even starts, I have no idea. Although I must say after 25 minutes of sprints on the treadmill, I ripped off my socks before stepping onto my yoga mat and noticed beads of sweat on the tops of my feet. Wow, I must have been working hard! Felt like a total bad ass until I noticed the state of my toes. Definitely time for a pedicure! Anyway, if left to my own devices, I would spend hours at the gym, and I know this is not what my body needs. Anyone else guilty of this?
Now onto an amazing lunch! Alice, my mother-in-law, suggested we try The Mandala Tearoom, a vegan and raw foods restaurant. She knows me so well as I loved this place! The men in our lives graciously joined us, and everyone was quite pleased.
Alice got the Classic Spinach Salad…
John, Chris and I all ordered the Live Chile Lime Nut Burrito from the Raw Foods Selections…
If you are ever in the Phoenix area, I highly recommend this restaurant. The food arrived looking like a work of art, and everyone cleaned their plates. What a fresh and amazing meal!
Happy New Year’s Eve!